Thursday, April 03, 2003

" one can plausibly now argue that this monstrous regime would have voluntarily disarmed itself at the polite and constantly negotiable behest of a mild-mannered Swede. Inspections would never have worked, if by "worked," we actually mean succeeded in disarming Saddam."

---The indispensible Andrew Sullivan. Absolutely right-on, of course. Appeasement does not, and cannot work against totalitarian dictators. In fact, these dictators count on appeasement as the means by which they can consolidate and perpetuate their power. The idea that Saddam would have disarmed or stepped down through negotiations is as laughable as the anti-war movement that made the claim such an eventuality was plausible in the first place.


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